More Money, Fewer Problems? Cross-Level Effects of Economic Deprivation on Political Representation

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Title
More Money, Fewer Problems? Cross-Level Effects of Economic Deprivation on Political Representation
Journal
West European Politics
Author(s)
Rosset J., Giger N., Bernauer J.
ISSN
0140-2382
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2013
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
36
Number
4
Pages
817-835
Language
english
Abstract
While equal political representation of all citizens is a fundamental democratic goal, it is hampered empirically in a multitude of ways. This study examines how the societal level of economic inequality affects the representation of relatively poor citizens by parties and governments. Using CSES survey data for citizens' policy preferences and expert placements of political parties, empirical evidence is found that in economically more unequal societies, the party system represents the preferences of relatively poor citizens worse than in more equal societies. This moderating effect of economic equality is also found for policy congruence between citizens and governments, albeit slightly less clear-cut.
Keywords
Political Representation, Policy congruence, Economic Inequality, Political Parties, Poor Citizens, Cross-Level Interactions
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